Something profound happened to me in April when I participated in The Landmark Forum. The Advanced Course, earlier this month, deepened that; it is clear each moment we have the opportunity to express ourselves and provide leadership.
More than ever, I see that my life has been lived way too small for many years. I am reminded of the following quote by Marianne Williamson from her book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Isn’t that a powerful statement?! I want to make a difference, to contribute to the quality of life of individuals and the larger community, to have an impact equal to what I see as possible. Leaving the past in the past, as we stand in our full power, freedom, and self-expression, each of us can make a difference.
Watch out world – here WE come!